Dr. Randy Nelson named Distinguished University Professor

June 6, 2013

Dr. Randy Nelson named Distinguished University Professor


Please join us in congratulating Randy Nelson, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience, for his selection as a Distinguished University Professor. The Distinguished Professor award is a prestigious honor given permanently to no more than three exceptional faculty members per year. This title recognizes accomplishments in research, scholarly or creative work, teaching and service that are both distinguished and distinctive.

Dr. Nelson, who holds the Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology, garnering significant recognition from the scientific community. He received all of his academic degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, including a PhD in Psychology and a PhD in Endocrinology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas. Dr. Nelson served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University for 15 years before joining The Ohio State University in 2000 as professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He has been the chair of the OSU Department of Neuroscience since 2009.

Dr. Nelson has published more than 350 scientific articles and several books describing studies in biological rhythms, behavioral neuroendocrinology, stress and immune function. He has been elected to Fellow status in several scientific associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Nelson has been a member of many federal grant panels. He currently serves on the editorial boards of five scientific journals and is the associate editor for Hormones and Behavior, the journal of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

At Ohio State, he has received the Distinguished Scholar Award, the University Distinguished Lecturer Award and the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was appointed Distinguished Professor of the College of Medicine in 2012.

Congratulations to Dr. Nelson for receiving our University’s most prestigious award! 

News item received from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Communications Office